Registration Opens in Seven Days!

Dana Well, that's not actually true. It's now less than a week until registration for the 2010 Port Townsend Writers' Conference opens, on Monday, November 9, at 9 am.

We're continuing to develop our afternoon workshop schedule, but as if right now, here is where we are. Please continue to check back, as more workshops are being added daily.

The morning workshop faculty members will include fiction writer Chris Abani, nonfiction writer Denise Chávez, poet Martín Espada, poet Dana Levin (pictured left), fiction writer Micheline Aharonian Marcom, travel writer Tom Miller, nonfiction writer Bich Minh Nguyen (leading a master class), and fiction writer Ana Menéndez.

Bich Minh Nguyen (right) published her first novel, “Short Girls,” in 2009. Her memoir-in-essays, “Stealing Bmn Buddha's Dinner,” was published by Viking Penguin in 2007 and received the PEN/Jerard Award. Her work has also appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines. She currently teaches at Purdue University.

Bich Minh Nguyen's Class Description: What stories need to be told—should be told—in the “truth genre” of creative nonfiction? In pursuit of this question, this workshop will explore the many possibilities that memoirs and personal essays can offer. As we discuss how to use elements of meditation, reflection, and observation in our work, we will examine aspects of creative nonfiction writing such as narrative technique, voice, language, and structure. We will also discuss core issues of creative nonfiction, including the role of the “I,” observation and witness, and ideas on truth, memory, and subjectivity. Please submit in advance a work of memoir or personal essay of up to 4,500 words for workshop.

Afternoon workshop faculty members will include Wendy Call, Sam Ligon, Susan Landgraf, Susan Rich, Deborah Poe, Lana Ayers, Kelli Russell Agodon, Maya Jewell Zeller, Tamara Sellman, Sayantani Dasgupta, Kitty Hoffman, Lindsay Wilson, and others.

On November 9, registration will be available here, or by calling Centrum at 360.385.3102, x131 or x117.